Perhaps the most memorable aspect of the Golden Globes Awards in recent years was the controversy that three-time host Ricky Gervais cast over the event. While Tina Fey and Amy Poehler have graciously hosted for multiple years in a row, it is Gervais, whose smug, pomposity and sharply tuned take-down's of Hollywood's brightest and boldest from 2010 through 2012, that many viewers most clearly remember about the NBC broadcast movie awards show.
Fey and Poehler have become easy-going fan favorites among viewers over the course of the past two years, but this year viewers who were more appreciative of the former British comic's edgier sheen are in luck. That is, based on the news concerning who will host the 73rd Golden Globes ceremony.
As first teased on the official Golden Globes Awards Twitter account, Gervais will be taking back the mantle of master of ceremonies in 2016, granting the actor plenty of room to aim his carefully constructed and well aimed criticisms at the vanities of Hollywood that the ceremony otherwise stands in celebration of.
When asked for comment by NBC New York regarding the return of Gervais to the nationally broadcast program, NBC Entertainment Chairman, Robert Greenblatt, had only kind words to say about the sardonic late night host, remarking:
"We're excited to have Ricky Gervais back to host the most enjoyable awards show of the season in his own inimitable way. Disarming and surprising, Ricky is ready to honor, and send up, the best work of the year in film and television."
Echoing Greenblatt's decided optimism, President of the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, Lorenzo Soria, added his own two cents regarding the returning awards season promoter and commentator, saying:
"Ricky Gervais left us with a lasting impression [last time] and we are thrilled to have him back in our show as we honor the best in film and television."
Gervais himself posted about the news, through his own Twitter account:
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) October 26, 2015
Given Gervais' history with the show, and his penchant for butting heads and sowing civil discord among the night's honored nominees and guests, such a decision on the part of NBC may not be so warmly embraced by everyone come the show's January 2016 broadcast. Gervais is certainly no friend of the entertainment industry, and active and passive participants of the impending entertainment awards ceremony alike may be getting in a little over their head.
In inviting Gervais to roast the powers-that-be of Hollywood for the fourth time in the history of the Golden Globes broadcast, viewers are in for a show, to be sure. If you were more of a fan of Fey and Poehler's light-hearted humor, you might be better served in giving this particular awards ceremony a pass this year - as Gervais rules the day with equal parts satire, sarcasm, and bile.
The 73rd Golden Globes Awards will air on NBC on January 10th, 2016, at 8pmET/5pmPT.